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The Talking Ape: How Language Evolved

By Robbins Burling

Reviewed by Bernhard Haubold, Fachhochschule Weihenstephan, Germany

Fossils: A Very Short Introduction* and Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction+

*By Keith Thomson

+By David Norman

Reviewed by Eric Demoncheaux, Battle Abbey School, UK

Experimental Design for the Life Sciences (2nd Edition)

By Graeme D. Ruxton and Nick Colegrave

Reviewed by Mark Langford, UK

Exploring the Living Cell DVD

By Véronique Kleiner and Christian Sardet

Reviewed by Friedlinde Krotschek, Internationale Gesamtschule Heidelberg, Germany

Oxyntomodulin: a new therapy for obesity?

Katie Wynne and Steve Bloom from Imperial College London, UK, describe their work on a hormone that could tackle the causes of obesity.

Nicky Mulder, bioinformatician

Nicky Mulder

Have you ever wondered what bioinformatics is? Or what a bioinformatician does? Sai Pathmanathan and Eleanor Hayes talk to Nicky Mulder, a bioinformatician at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, UK.

Imagine... sharing ideas in the life sciences

School students visit a Masai Mara village

With the help of enthusiastic school students and scientists, the Dutch school competition ‘Imagine’ supports the sustainable production of biodiesel in Mozambique, avocado oil in Kenya and the colorant byxine in Surinam. Daan Schuurbiers and Marije Blomjous, from the Foundation Imagine Life Sciences, explain what Imagine is all about.

Counting Buttons: demonstrating the Hardy-Weinberg principle

Pongprapan Pongsophon, Vantipa Roadrangka and Alison Campbell from Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand, demonstrate how a difficult concept in evolution can be explained with equipment as simple as a box of buttons!

Monastic ink: linking chemistry and history

One of the many purposes of science is to support the humanities. With this in mind, Gianluca Farusi and his students set out to investigate and prepare iron-gall ink, a historically significant material for the transmission of knowledge.

DNA labs on the road

DNA Labs

Ever wished you could borrow a PCR machine for your lessons? And perhaps an expert to show your students how to use it? Marc van Mil introduces DNA labs that bring genomics directly to the classroom.

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